Spring is in Hokuriku! Recommended sightseeing routes to Toyama and Kanazawa in Spring


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Hokuriku has become overwhelmingly convenient access to the Hokuriku Shinkansen.Kanazawa can be reached in 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.In Hokuriku, there are many scenery and events that can only be enjoyed in spring.This time, I will introduce the recommended spots of spring in Toyama and Kanazawa.


Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a route from Nagano to Toyama through the Tateyama Mountain Range in the Northern Alps.It is the one that the road which was made by digging up the mountain for the construction of Kurobe Dam was made a tourist attraction, and there are various sightseeing spots such as “Kurobe Dam” and “Otani of snow” on the way.

Reference: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Official Guide

Kurobe Dam

The first place to get to the park is Kurobe Dam, the largest structure on the Alpine route.It was built with great sacrifice after the war when power shortages were called out.Kurobe Dam seen from the observatory is not exactly “Insta-shine” “infrastructure reflection”

The mountains of the Northern Alps still have this much snow in May.Unfortunately, we don’t see the “sightseeing water release” of Kurobe Dam’s specialty, but it’s only at this time that you can see the frozen mountains and the surface of the water!

Otani in the Snow

There are many spots around Murodo Station of the trolley bus, known as the station at the highest point in Japan at an altitude of 2450 m.One of the biggest attractions of the season is the snowy otani, which can only be seen in spring.

The area, one of the world’s most heavily snowy areas, still has a lot of snow in the spring, and snow plows rely on GPS to clear snow to create a valley surrounded by snow cliffs.In 2017, when I visited, the snow wall was up to 19m!One side is a driveway and the other is a sidewalk.

Next to the snowy valley, there is a large area of the heavy snow as far as the eye can see.There seems to be a one-hour circumferential course to the pond called “Mikuori pond”, so when I went there, the pond was completely buried in the snow.

Various vehicles

The alpine route was made in a very harsh environment.Therefore, there are no proper roads, and we carry on many times the rare vehicles that we usually don’t see.For example, this cable car.The home is a step-like, interesting vehicle in which the vehicle itself is parallelomeshape to suit the slope.

A ropeway that goes up a steep mountain at a dash.The view from the ropeway is already spectacular!Riding a ride is also one of the pleasures.

If you don’t be careful, you’ll miss it, but it’s the only trolley bus in Japan that connects Murodo with Daikanmine.At first glance it’s just a bus, but if you look closely, two lines are extending from behind.This is like a pantograph on a train, and it takes electricity from here and runs with power.In other words, a trolley bus is a strange vehicle that is both a bus and a train.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route with a variety of other attractions.Check out the full alpine route and how to get there!


Toyama Downtown

Although it is not a major tourist destination, Toyama City is attracting attention as an advanced city of “compact city”.Here are some of the most beautiful streets of Toyama.


Toyama Kirari is a beautiful building that represents the initiatives of toyama city.It was designed by Kengo Kuma, the architect who became the architect of the new national stadium.The metallic appearance is stylish, isn’t it?The building is a complex with a variety of facilities, including the Toyama City Glass Museum, libraries, banks and cafes.

The interior is decorated with a lot of wooden louvers, which are kengo Kuma’s trademark, and have a soft atmosphere.It is also interesting that the layers of the floor are shifted little by little and overlap.I’m happy to be in an environment where I can study and read books in a place like this.

The streetcar network is very convenient to travel around the city of Toyama.One of the points that I personally want to see is that there is a futuristic vehicle called “LRT”.

Tomiiwa Canal Ring Water Park

A 10-minute walk north of Toyama Station, you will find the Tomiiwa Canal Ring Water Park, where the night view is very beautiful!It is maintained at the start of the canal leading to the sea, and the space of the water side which feels at ease spreads.

The “Tenmenbashi Bridge” over the canal is a symbol of the park and is lit up luxuriously.The buildings at both ends are observation decks, and the red light that connects them is a red thread phone.

In fact, toyama is the most beautiful store in the world.If you open the Mac with a cup of coffee while looking at this night view, i’ll be able to work on it.By the way, I’m a Microsoft school

There are many other attractions unique to compact city.If you are visiting Hokuriku, please stop by without passing through Toyama Station.

Toanami Tulip Fair

Toyama Prefecture produces the largest production of tulip bulbs in Japan.Among them, Tonami is the largest producer of the plant, and tulips bloom all over the city in spring.The Tonami Tulip Fair is a great way to enjoy the tulips of Tonami.It will be held for a limited time from the middle of April to GW.

Reference: <公式>2019 Andami Tulip Fair

The best part of this is the large flower bed of tulips that spread right in front of you.A flower garden with all the way around!If you look down on the tulip tower, which stands out at 21 m in height, you will see a ground painting.Anyway, I feel happy surrounded by tulips.

There are many other ways to make a hall at the fair.This is “Flower Otani” which is made by imitating the otani of the snow which can be enjoyed inthe spring limitation similarly in the same Toyama Prefecture.I’ve piled up tulips up here.

Dutch windmill and water flower bed floating in the water.It is stylish with an exotic atmosphere.The tulip which floats is pretty, too.

The venue, Tonami Tulip Park, is a 15-minute walk from Tonami Station on the JR Jobata Line.During the fair, there is also a shuttle bus service from Tonami Station.Let’s walk and heal the various flowers that are scattered around the venue!

Daibutsu Takaoka and Mizuryuji Temple

Located between Toyama and Kanazawa, Takaoka is home to the Takaoka University Of Buddha, which is said to be one of the three great est in Japan.Speaking of The Great Buddha, it’s Nara and Kamakura, isn’t it?The two are too famous, but the other one is here in Takaoka.

Another attraction of Takaoka is Mizuryuji, toyama Prefecture’s only national treasure.The solemn atmosphere that seems to be a national treasure is attractive.

In addition, events such as “Spring Light Up and Kadomae City” will be held for three days on April 29-5/1 (information in 2019). The whole temple is lit up and crowded with many people!

In Kanazawa

Kanazawa is one of the largest tourist cities in Hokuriku.It has been the center of culture and economy for a long time, and now it is a city where tradition and innovation are mixed and old and new are fused.Let’s leave Kanazawa Station and start at The Drum Gate, which has become a new symbol of Kanazawa.

21st Century Museum of Art

The 21st Century Museum of Art was designed by SANAA, a group of leading Architects in Japan.All the outer walls are glazed with curved surfaces, and the sense of transparency and openness is amazing from the outside to the inside.Anyone can walk freely if they just enter the “Exchange Zone”, such as the corridor of the outer periphery, and it is an open museum.

Reference: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa | 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

The famous art of the 21st century museum is the pool in the courtyard.When you look in the water, there are people!?I want you to see it on the spot once, it is a very mysterious sight.

This museum is not only in the building, but also on the outside.There are regular intervals of art works in the square, and the objects connected by the mirror of one of the spheres seem to look insta-like.Lol


Kenrokuen is one of the three famous gardens in Japan, along with Mito’s Korakuen and Okayama’s Korakuen.It is said to have been named Kenrokuen because it combines six of “Hirodai, Yu,Yu,Human power,aoko,water fountain, and the view”.It is a large pond, a complex terrain, and a very large garden in a vast site.

A variety of plants are grown in the park, and it is a big charm of Kenrokuen to be able to enjoy the scenery of the four seasons!There was a cherry tree which was still blooming even in May, too.

Hishi Chaya-gai

It can be said that it is the most kanazawa-like place.It is a traditional town that flourished as a chaya town.The cobbled streets and cobbled landscapes are thoroughly unified and enchanted and beautiful.It has been selected as an important traditional building preservation district in japan, and “Shigeden ken” for short.

There are several streets in The Hhashi Chaya-gai, but it is also interesting that the expression of the town is different little by little according to the street.It is wonderful that all of them keep the tradition in every detail.

The kimono looks great here.There are many shops and cafes in the city, including traditional crafts and Japanese sweets, so it’s fun to go shopping and eat.Especially, the impact of “gold leaf software” is terrible.

The appeal of Kanazawa is still endless.The recommended spots and kimono rentals in Kanazawa that could not be introduced here, and how to visit the town are also introduced in the following articles.


It becomes a considerably large area even if i say hokuriku in a word, but this time I introduced the recommended spots of Toyama and Kanazawa which I want to go in spring.I think that it becomes the route of one stroke to a good feeling in about two nights and three days if it turns in the order of the order introduced this time or vice versa.

I myself still have a lot of things i want to go to hokuriku.It’s a really nice place, so please go!(For your information, I’ll put the route when I visited.)